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BLOG UPDATE: Former Client John Burnett becomes Certified Peer Specialist!

Former client John Burnett is now a Certified Peer Specialist at The Bridge

Former client John Burnett is now a Certified Peer Specialist at The Bridge

Born in Augusta, Georgia and raised in the Bronx, John is the oldest of eight children.

After high school, John held various jobs including: caterer, grounds keeper and nursing assistant,  among others. These jobs took John through East Coast states like Maryland, South Carolina, and Georgia during the 80s and 90s. He settled in New York in the early 2000s.

While living in Hunt’s Point, John’s building was condemned without warning following the landlord being convicted of drug charges.

John was never able to retrieve his belongings and was homeless for the next two years.

During this time John couch-surfed with family while falling into a deeper depression that he had been able to manage before becoming homeless. As his depression worsened, John’s drinking and drug use increased. Over the next two years, John migrated back through various East Coast states staying with family and friends. 

In 2013 John entered a Bronx Works program and stayed there for two years fighting depression and drug and alcohol addiction until his supervisor suggested detox.

In 2015 John entered detox, and says those next 31 days were the best of his life. They led to him quitting drugs and alcohol for good.

After finishing detox, John came to Urban Pathways. During that time he enrolled in and graduated from the six-month Howie The Harp peer advocate program. John continued to be drug and alcohol free, living at an Urban Pathways' supportive housing residence, Cluster House on the Upper West Side. At that time, John began interning to become a Certified Peer Specialist at The Bridge: a treatment center for individuals recovering from alcohol and drug abuse; as well as mental illness.

John moved into his own condo in Parkchester in 2018 as part of Urban Pathways’ Moving On Initiative.

UPDATE: August 2019
John Burnett is now a Certified Peer Specialist at The Bridge, he completed his internship in April of 2018. John now facilitates weekly groups focusing on treatment, maintaining sobriety, and rehabilitation. Individuals attending John’s groups have been formerly incarcerated, diagnosed with a mental illness or are struggling with drug and/or alcohol abuse.

I love coming to work everyday, I have lived the life that a lot of the group participants have lived. I know how hard it is to maintain sobriety and I know what it’s like to feel like you are not being heard. Facilitating these groups is me giving back, I wouldn’t be here now if it weren’t for Urban Pathways.

John continues to live in his condo in Parkchester, and in his spare time loves to cook and go for walks in his neighborhood.

About Urban Pathways
Urban Pathways is a New York City-based, nonprofit organization that provides housing and support to homeless and at-risk adults throughout the New York Metropolitan area.  Urban Pathways serves more than 3,700 at-risk and homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. www.urbanpathways.org. Donate

 

Answering the calls to action from City and State, New Yorkers gather to support Urban Pathways Benefit to End Homelessness.

On Thursday May 5th, New Yorkers came together for an evening of hope and opportunity.

New York, NY May 5th – On Thursday, May 5 supporters, influencers, and ambassadors for the cause of ending homelessness came together for an evening of hope and opportunity at Urban Pathways’ annual fundraising gala and silent auction.

For the first time, Urban Pathways held an online silent auction that began a week before the gala and ended at the close of the event. During cocktail hour, attendees had the opportunity to see the online auction items in person and continue their bidding's throughout the night.

During the dinner portion of the gala, guests watched a public service announcement on homelessness by author, philanthropist and Urban Pathways supporter Paco Underhill as well as a moving short film titled “The Keys” featuring Urban Pathways clients whose lives have been changed for the better by the organization.

Guests listened to speeches by Urban Pathways CEO Fred Shack, President Emeritus of Urban Pathways Board of Directors Gary Belsky, current President Keith Berger, supporter Paco Underhill and Gloria Montes; a client and Army veteran.

The night was capped off with Urban Pathways clients from the short film “The Keys” accepting a standing ovation from guests. Auctioneer CK Swett, closed the evening live auctioning a vintage bottle of champagne as well as tickets to the 16 Tony Award nominee Hamilton.

Please join the hundreds of supporters who attended Urban Pathways gala in helping us end homelessness in New York City. The problem of homelessness is becoming pandemic. Currently in New York City, there are more than 60,000 homeless individuals living in city streets and shelters--a number that is over 90% higher than it was 10 years ago. As the weather gets warmer, these numbers will rise. 

Urban Pathways looks to raise awareness and the critical funding to meet their goal to end homelessness by the end of the decade, including growing their existing residential portfolio by 1,000 units and expanding programs and services for homeless New Yorkers. 

About Urban Pathways
Urban Pathways is a New York City-based, nonprofit organization that provides housing and support to homeless and at-risk adults throughout the New York Metropolitan area.  Urban Pathways serves more than 2,000 homeless individuals a year and provides transitional, extended stay and permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals. www.urbanpathways.org

My name is Edward, i am a Veteran and Urban Pathways saved my life.

Edward is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Edward is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

My name is Edward; I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I served 2 tours in Vietnam before being honorably discharged. For 28 years I was a pharmaceutical representative in Connecticut until I was laid off.

Hearing of job openings in New York City, I came down to interview but was never hired.

Unemployed and living with PTSD, my wife and I could no longer afford rent and started sleeping on the streets.

After staying at a local shelter we were put in touch with Urban Pathways. I applied for housing at Urban Pathways permanent housing; Clinton Avenue Apartments and was accepted.

My Urban Pathways case manager has helped me find a place to live, get my VA benefits and he involves me in various programs such as: wellness and self management services, financial literacy, and job training opportunities that help reintegrate me into the community.

Please support Urban Pathways in creating a society in which homeless individuals and veterans like me can begin their journey toward stability and self-sufficiency.

Urban Pathways annual Gala will take place on Thursday, May 5th at The Grand Hyatt New York. Join us for an evening filled with hope and opportunity, your contribution and attendance will help us provide our clients with a way home.

Founded in 1975, Urban Pathways (UP) is a not-for-profit, social service and supportive housing organization serving homeless adults in the New York Metropolitan Area.

Urban Pathways serves as the first point of contact for New Yorkers. We engage individuals “where they at” through our strong network of social services to help individuals move into housing and minimize the likelihood of ever returning to the streets. 

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Help us create a society in which homeless New Yorkers can begin their journey toward stability, self-sufficiency and wellness as fully integrated members of their communities.

Learn more about Urban Pathways and our upcoming fundraising Gala May 5th at The Grand Hyatt New York.